The Children Will Expect This of Us: A Response to the Rebel Ride

    This short piece was submitted as a letter to the editor of the Courier newspaper  (hence the short length) on behalf of the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources with fact checking and historical research provided by the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.  This coming Sunday there will be a Rebel Ride at
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Building Cooperative Movements in Central Arkansas: Here’s How You Can Help!

Last month Little Rock native Ed Whitfield visited Little Rock for a series of events and conversations around building solidarity economies. The event was organized by Datule Artist Collective, the Women’s Project and, Little Rock Collective Liberation. His public talk, “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also
Category: Arkansas

What it Takes To Notice What’s Always Been There: Catalpa Stories

Around this time last year I was not-so-patiently awaiting the birth of my daughter. She was about a week overdue and I was round and tired. The catalpa flowers were scattered all over the yard, their sweet smells crushed under my sons’ hyper feet. I mark my mother’s death by the arrival of the monarchs
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Here is Where We Must Begin: Water, Drought, and Flowers

This column was originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and it part of a long-standing series with the publication. The banks of the Arkansas river are over flowing. Last week the water went up past the basketball goals in downtown Dardanellle and all the low water bridges have washed out. The wetlands in
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“Documenting Culture in the 21st Century:” Symposium at the American Folklife Center

As part of our work at the McElroy House: Organization for Culture Resources, and in connection with the work we do through the Boiled Down Juice, founder Meredith Martin-Moats has been invited to speak at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as part of a symposium entitled, “Documenting Culture in the 21st
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Friday Video Myles Horton: Radical Hillbilly

Here’s some Friday inspiration. Myles Horton was one of the founders of the Highlander Research and Education Center, most widely known for its role in the civil rights movement and in the Appalachian People’s Movements. He was interviewed by Bill Moyers in 1981 where he discusses his childhood, the creation of Highlander, and his theories
Category: Community Action

To Love Your People: Ways to Counter The Russellville KKK-Sponsored Billboard

  This column was originally published in the Courier newspaper in Russellville, Arkansas. Russellville has been in national news in recent weeks over a billboard recently placed at Exit 81. It reads “It’s NOT racist to love your people.” There’s a link to something called “White Pride Radio,” a KKK hosted site with programing about
Category: African American History

Ed Whitfield Visits Little Rock: More on the Renaissance Community Co-Op

Last week Datule Artist Collective and Little Rock Collective Liberation hosted an afternoon discussion with Whitfield to drive collective action in central Arkansas and beyond.  A longtime organizer originally from Little Rock, Whitfield gave a talk entitled “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” which focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also offering examples of democratic power building
Category: African American History

Storm Cellar Stories

  Recently my dear friend Suzanne Alford-Hodges loaned me her copy of the amazing book Garden Sass: A Catalog of Arkansas Folkways. Written in 1975 by Nancy McDonough, this book is much like a regional version of the famed Foxfire series, a combination of folklore, oral histories and photos from around the state. The subtitle
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An Afternoon With Ed Whitfield: Collective Community Building

  We know that many of our readers are interested and/or directly involved in work with food justice, local alternative economies, anti-racist organizing, cooperatives, and community building.  These movements have long been a part of Arkansas and are gaining ground in our state as more and more people in both urban and rural areas become
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